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Traditional sports have always been offered in Beijing but during the past decade more modern international sports have become increasingly popular. Many go-karting circuits, baseball pitches and rock-climbing teams can be found in the city, and tournaments for just about every sport are held regularly. Like the rest of the world, football is very popular; the main football team in Beijing is Guo An, whose home base is the Worker’s Stadium on Gongtibeilu. The team is a member of the Pepsi Cola Football League, together with the top 15 clubs in the China.

Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match or in person at ticket outlets in department stores and shopping centres. Tickets for some events can also be bought from Webtix (tel: (10) 6592-8449 or 6594-9460).

Fitness centres

Many fitness centres are located in hotels and charge membership fees, however, Capital Gymnasium, 5 Baishi Qiao, Xizhimen Wai Dajie (tel: (10) 6833-5552), is open for table tennis and badminton as well as other sports. The China World Fitness Centre at the China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie (tel: (10) 6505-2266), has a gym, squash courts and a swimming pool.

Golf

The Grand Canal club located in the Tongzhou district of municipal Beijing (tel: (10) 8958-3058 or 8947-0005) and the Beijing Country Golf Club (tel: (10) 6940-1111) in Beijing’s Shunyi County both have challenging courses and are within 45 minutes’ journey from downtown Beijing. Green fees are RMB500 during the week and RMB800 at weekends.

Possibly the finest course in the Beijing area is the championship-standard International Club (tel: (10) 6974-6388 or 6076-2288). Its 7000-yard (6400-metre) course makes it good for only the most experienced players. Green fees are RMB650-1100.

Swimming

Plenty of hotels have swimming pools however use of the facilities is often limited to hotel residents or members. The Friendship Hotel, 3 Baishiqiao Lu, Haidian (tel: (10) 6849-8888), has an outdoor pool, or the Olympic Sports Center, 1 Anding Lu (tel: (10) 6491-0468) also has a pool.

Waterparks are very popular in China. There are many around Beijing, including Qingnianhu Water Park, Qingnianhu Park (tel: (10) 6421- 6321), and Lakeview Waterpark (tel: (10) 6966-1696), by Yanqi Lake in Huairou County.

Tennis

There are Indoor and outdoor tennis courts located at the Beijing Grand Canal Club, Hu Ge Zhuang, Tongzhou District (tel: (10) 8958- 2988). Outdoor courts are also at the Beijing International Club on Jianguomenwai (tel: (10) 6500-3941), Beijing Tennis Club, on Xiannongtan (tel: (10) 6317-5606), and Beijing International Centre, on Tiantan Donglu (tel: (10) 6714-2374).
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